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Manon Des Sources
DIRECTED BY CLAUDE BERRI
RELEASED: 1986

Why's it so good? Continuing the story, begun in Jean de Florette, of the tragic intertwined destinies of two familes and their propensity to tear each other apart, Manon sees the tragedy culminating in quietly dramatic fashion as Manon takes her revenge against those responsible for her father's death, and they learn the full extent of their wrongdoing.

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How does it stack up to the original? It's an equal, frankly. There's a question mark over whether this should even be here: so closely tied is it to the first film that it almost falls into the same exemption that rules out Lord of the Rings and Kill Bill. But given the change in cast, and the long period that passes between the two stories onscreen, we're letting it stand.

Glaring error: Gerard Depardieu's daughter grows up to be Emmanuelle Beart? Not sure we buy that.


GAP BETWEEN SEQUEL AND ORIGINAL: 5 MONTHS


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